Taunton's Deck and Patio Idea Book

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No longer just a bland square of pressure-treated lumber nailed to the back of the house, decks have taken on new shapes, surfaces, and levels. And patios have evolved from dull slabs of poured concrete to encompass a wide range of forms and materials—from warm brick to chic bluestone to casual gravel. "Taunton's Deck and Patio Idea Book is a photographic exploration of the possibilities for these spaces, and the features that define them, including railings, built-ins, and overhead structures. Hundreds of photos...

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Overview

No longer just a bland square of pressure-treated lumber nailed to the back of the house, decks have taken on new shapes, surfaces, and levels. And patios have evolved from dull slabs of poured concrete to encompass a wide range of forms and materials—from warm brick to chic bluestone to casual gravel. "Taunton's Deck and Patio Idea Book is a photographic exploration of the possibilities for these spaces, and the features that define them, including railings, built-ins, and overhead structures. Hundreds of photos depict the full spectrum of styles and sizes, from the simple wraparound deck, to the curved, multilevel redwood deck with outdoor kitchen; from the small brick patio to an elaborate series of terraced patios with stone walls.

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"For those tired of clutter—and who isn't?—this book will provide both advice and inspiration."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561586394
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/2003
  • Series: Taunton Home Idea Books Series
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,118,027
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Book editor, packager, and author Julie Stillman and architect Jane Gitlin also wrote Taunton's Family Home Idea Book. Stillman lives in South Hero, VT, and Gitlin, also author of Capes, lives in Fairfield, CT.

Jane Gitlin is an architect who specializes in residential design. She is also the author of Capes (The Taunton Press, 2003) and coauthor of Deck & Patio Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2003) and Family Home Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2003). She lives in Fairfield, CT.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Chapter 1 Great Deck and Patio Designs 4
Choosing a Deck or Patio 6
Designing Outdoor Rooms 10
Chapter 2 Decks 18
Deck Types 20
Railings, Stairs, and Built-Ins 38
Shade and Shelter 62
Maximizing the View 72
Deck and Patio Combinations 78
Chapter 3 Patios 82
Patio Types 84
Patio Materials 90
Steps and Terracing 108
Defining Boundaries 112
Overhead Structures 126
Poolside Patios 138
Patio Accessories 144
Chapter 4 Breaking Away 154
Walkways and Paths 156
Structures in the Landscape 160
Sources 170
Credits 171
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